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Nisreen Kaj recalls she was attending an exhibition a few weeks ago and heard a couple of Lebanese boys talking behind her.Kaj's collaboration with photographer Marta Bogdanska, the project sets out to engage with exactly the type of racial tagging the young men betrayed.The exhibition consists of 33 photographs of Lebanese people of African or Asian heritage.In illustrating the types of discrimination that people face in Lebanon, "Mixed Feelings" hopes to approach the issue of racism in Lebanon from a different perspective.Kaj and Bogdanska hope this will spark a wider dialogue.Of Nigerian-Lebanese descent herself, Kaj's personal experiences helped inspire the project.Kaj and Bogdanska had mutual friends and they had been looking for a way to collaborate for some time.While Bogdanska was aware of the issues of discrimination in Lebanon – mainly from the perspective of migrant domestic workers – the project showed her the depth of the problem.Kaj and Bogdanska are proud their exhibition has helped form a growing community. The project has networked the participants and, thanks to the talks and the exhibition, more and more mixed-heritage people with an interest in the issue are coming together.
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